Mind, Body, Spirit
We live in a world of brokenness, at a time when life often feels scattered. Where do we go to seek wholeness? Through mindful practices, chant, and Musar, etc., we seek to integrate our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual selves to live healthy and holy lives. This tikkun han’shama (repairing the self), paves the way for tikkun haolam (repairing the world).
Contemplative practice is not new to Judaism. It has been around since the beginning but not the norm of modern day observance. From November, 2017 through June, 2018 we will once again offer a different contemplative practice grounded in Jewish tradition every Tuesday, using a variety of modalities to enliven the spirit. Groups require no previous experience, although commitment to continuous attendance to whichever group(s) you choose will certainly deepen the affect. To be put on an email list, or for more information, please contact Cantor Abrams.
Sacred chant is a way of focusing that helps us enter into the holy intention of a phrase from a prayer or text. By using simple melodies and repeating sacred phrases, chanting can be a powerful tool to open our hearts, become more calm and centered and to heal whatever ails us. You do not have to be a singer to take part.
2nd Tuesday, Monthly – Jewish Art for the Heart
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm | Facilitated by Cara Strauss and Cantor Audrey Abrams
We are all creative beings. Tapping into that part of our brain to create objects of expression can be both enlightening and freeing and help to reveal what our heart wants to say. In this group we will use simple art techniques and supplies to explore our Jewish souls. No artistic experience necessary. RSVPs appreciated to anticipate supplies needed to be purchased as well as to communicate materials to be brought from home for each class. Donations for purchased supplies may be requested.
3rd Tuesday, Monthly – Jewish Meditation Circle
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm | Facilitated by Cantor Audrey Abrams
Sit together in a circle of silence, focusing on the divine breath, our middot (character traits), the parasha and more allowing us to develop a compassionate heart and a disciplined mind.
4th Tuesday, Monthly – Hal’luhu b’tof: Spiritual Drumming
6:30 pm – 8 pm | Guest facilitators | $10
Explore spirituality through rhythms that praise using percussive instruments to elevate our souls.
Third Shabbat, Monthly | 9:15 – 10:00 am
Iyun Tefillah or Embodied Alef Bet (alternating monthly)
Enter into Shabbat with grounding and centering through prayers from the morning service and meditations on the Hebrew alphabet.Facilitated by Cantor Audrey Abrams (Iyun Tefillah) and Kathilyn Solomon (Embodied Alef Bet)
10:00 – 11:00 am
Shabbat Yoga facilitated by a variety of amazing Yoga teachers.
Come in comfortable clothing. Stay for services and lunch.
Year-Long | Facilitated by Cantor Audrey Abrams
Study and train in patience, humility, loving-kindness, etc. (i.e., middot) to become your best self. Registration required. Space limited.
Mental Health 101
Saturday, October 6 | Following Shabbat Lunch
Presented by Leah Persky, PhD, Family Life Education Manager, JFCS.
National Disability Awareness Month | 3-part Series
February 9, 16, 23, 2019 | Following Shabbat Lunch
Facilitated by Jan Hamilton, Congregational Nurse
Living with health challenges – watch for more information regarding topics and presenters.
Intentional Prayer: Getting the Most out of Services
March 9, 16, 23, 2019 | Following Shabbat Lunch
Facilitated by Cantor Audrey Abrams
Deepen your understanding of the prayers and find some relevance for today’s world
Scholar In Residence | Rabbi Marc Margolius
March 1-3, 2019
A weekend of mussar learning and spiritual reflection with Rabbi Marc Margolius, Senior Program Director of The Institute for Jewish Spirituality.
For more information on any of these programs, please contact Cantor Audrey Abrams at firstname.lastname@example.org or 952.873.7315.